Definition herbaceous perennials

  1. The definition of a perennial person or thing is when they exist or are active for a whole year or a long time.

    An example of perennial is a person who has lived for a long time.

  1. The definition of a perennial is something that is always present, often referring to plants.

    An example of a perennial is a plant that regrows each year in the spring.

YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2014 by LoveToKnow Corp. Tulips are a perennial flower.

Tulips are a perennial flower.

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  1. lasting or active throughout the whole year
  2. lasting or continuing for a long time: perennial youth
  3. returning or becoming active again and again; perpetual
  4. having a life cycle of more than two years: said esp. of herbaceous plants that produce flowers and seed from the same root structure year after year

Origin: ; from Classical Latin perennis, lasting through the year ; from per-, through plush annus, a year: see per and amp; annual

  1. a perennial plant
  2. a person or thing that is present continuously or reappears regularly
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Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.adjective
  1. Lasting or active through the year or through many years.
  2. a. Lasting an indefinitely long time; enduring: perennial happiness.

    b. Appearing again and again; recurrent. See Synonyms at continual.
  3. Botany Living three or more years.
  1. Botany A perennial plant.
  2. Something that recurs or seems to recur on a yearly or continual basis: “that hardy perennial, the budget deficit” (David S. Broder).

Origin: Latin perennis (per-, throughout; see per- + annus, year; see at- in Indo-European roots) + -al1.

Related Forms:

  • per·enˈni·al·ly adverb
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perennial - Science Definition


Living for three or more years.

Noun A perennial plant. Herbaceous perennials survive winter and drought as underground roots, rhizomes, bulbs, corms, or tubers. Woody perennials, including vines, shrubs, and trees, usually stop growing during winter and drought. Asters, irises, tulips, and peonies are familiar garden perennials. Compare annual , biennial.

Clarification is well intentioned, but I disagre

2004-12-30 08:06:42 by Vallejo-Gardener

One of the approaches to understanding plant types is to determine whether it is a woody or herbaceous plant.
A woody plant, can never, ever be an annual or a biennial. It forms woody stems which take years to form, so it cannot, by definition, live for only one year, or two.
It certainly is true that a perennial, by definition, is a plant that has an ongoing life, and isn't genetically programed to seed and self-destruct in one (or two) growing seasons, so it is understandable that one would be tempted to call all such plants (woody or not) perennials. But in my experience the word "perennial" has only been applied to herbaceous (e

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